By Steve Feinstein
This kind of politician seems to exist only on the Republican side of the fence. Only Republicans have to scramble to make sure all their members are on board for crucial congressional votes. When a Senate vote looms on a controversial measure, only Republicans have to be certain that all their members are on the same page.
If a Democrat votes with the Republican position, it’s almost always when the measure would have passed anyway and the Democrat in question has been given the behind-doors “nod-nod, wink-wink authorization” that it’s okay with the Democratic hierarchy if he votes against the party in order to preserve his popularity with his local electorate. [continue reading]